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Jamarye Joiner will visit Nebraska in January
Jamarye Joiner has been committed to Arizona for more than 15 months, but he did not sign a letter of intent with the Wildcats during the early signing period. That opened the door for Nebraska to offer Joiner, who heard from the Huskers staff Thursday. The dual-threat quarterback said he was surprised to receive an offer.
Nebraska became Joiner’s third Division I offer, along with Arizona and Arizona State. With Tanner Lee declaring for the NFL draft on Thursday, the Huskers quarterback room is thin at the moment with redshirt freshman Tristan Gebbia, incoming freshman Adrian Martinez and sophomore Patrick O’Brien.
Joiner told Land of 10 on Thursday that he will take an official visit to Nebraska next month, or at least before National Signing Day. He has not picked a specific weekend for the trip.
For the longest time, it seemed Arizona would be the destination for the 3-star prospect. But the Nebraska offer has given the Tuscon, Ariz., native something to ponder.
“We are going to have to see,” Joiner said when asked whether the new offer changed anything regarding his commitment status.
This much is clear: Nebraska is going to have an open-minded Joiner on campus for an official visit. Thus far, the new coaching staff has excelled in landing prospects they can convince to take official visits.
Joiner said he does not know much about the Huskers, but praised coach Scott Frost and his assistants. He likes their “offensive strategy” and was impressed with the turnaround and success they experienced at UCF. Frost was equally complimentary of Joiner.
“He likes my athleticism with the ball in my hands and my film,” Joiner said.
Joiner is the No. 19 dual-threat quarterback in the class, according to the 247Sports composite. He described his playing style as “athletic.”
With Martinez already signed in the class, Joiner added that competition at the position wouldn’t necessarily factor into his decision.
Passion for recruiting helps Nebraska staff juggle UCF finale
The juggling act the coaching staff has had to balance between two schools this month has been well documented. Between recruiting for Nebraska and coaching UCF in the Peach Bowl, it’s been a crazy month for Frost and his assistants.
But the coaches, particularly running backs coach Ryan Held, accepted the challenge and have exceeded expectations. For weeks, Held seemed like he was in a different state every hour. He once went from Kansas to Dallas to San Francisco to Phoenix in less than 36 hours.
“Everybody that knows me knows that I love recruiting,” Held said during an appearance on the Husker Sports Network with Greg Sharpe on Tuesday night. “That’s my baby.
“You have to be willing to put in the work,” Held added. “If you’re not willing to do the extra phone call, the extra text … you know, when I’m at a stoplight I get anxiety because I want to send two more text messages to recruits because I feel like another coach is going to beat me.
“So I have to do all the little things that’s going to help put Nebraska in position to be successful. And I’m willing to do that. If you’re not willing to do that, it’s hard to get players. Everybody on our staff is willing to do that, and we’ll see the fruits of our labor as we build this thing player by player that we’re going to get, and obviously the kids that we already have in the program.”
That hard work paid off as Nebraska signed 12 of its 14 commits during the early signing period, picking up half of the commitments in the first few weeks of December. It wasn’t just the fruits of Held’s labor, either. Coordinators Troy Walters and Erik Chinander were highly visible on the trail.
The coaches accomplished those feats while preparing for a premier bowl game, with the goal of finishing off an undefeated season for UCF. Their UCF players noted how the coaches would get after it on the recruiting trail during the evenings, only to return energized and ready to coach the next morning.
“They would be out until the wee hours of the night recruiting for Nebraska and then still coming to practice at 7, 8 a.m. to help us gameplan and get ready for this bowl game,” UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton said, according to the Omaha World-Herald. “That’s a lot of credit to them, and that just shows the dedication they have to this ballclub and that they are really bought in just as much as we are.
“Having guys like that and having coordinators like we have is a great combination. That’s been the recipe for our success. I know they are going to do great things at Nebraska, too.”
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